Esther Emery tagged me in a blog tour about writing. I really like talking about my writing projects and the writing process in general, so this is right up my alley.
This blog tour comes at a time when I have really fallen out of the habit of writing. I’ve just kind of stalled out for various reasons. It’s good to be reminded about this writing thing I am so passionate about. I’m hoping this can maybe kick-start some fire in my bones again. We shall see. Either way, here are my answers to the big writing questions.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on two projects.
The first is a short e-book I’ve written called Chaos God. It’s about God as the original chaos tamer, and how/where we can find ourselves in his creation. I’ve been editing it for a while, and am working on wrapping it all up. When it is done, I will be sharing it on my blog for free.
The other project is much bigger. I am working on a memoir about theology, a full length book called “Holes and the shape of God.” I am writing about the holes I find in my own life (both from growing up and from being an adult), how those holes have shaped my image of God, and how that image compares to Jesus, the real image of God. Currently, I am working on a book proposal for the book, including the first 3 or so chapters. It’s the biggest project that I have ever taken on, and I am terrified that I can’t do it, but damn it I’m going to try.
How does my project differ from others in the same genre?
Well, most other memoirs that I have been reading speak about God, but they don’t necessarily have the theological bent that I am trying to write with. Plus, I tend to be a pretty raw writer, so I am hoping that my voice will stand out against other really incredible memoirs that have been coming out.
Why do you write/create what you do?
I’m not sure. It’s kind of a cop-out to say “I feel like I have to”, but it is how I feel. When I’m not writing, I feel purposeless and pointless. Without the process of writing, I sort of lose my way in life, spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally.
I like to write personally, more of a memoir style, mostly because I think that is how people can relate to my ideas, to my heart, to me the best. It’s also how I connect with my words the easiest. I write this way because it excites me, and I think it opens my heart up more.
How does your writing/creating process work?
I start with an opening sentence. Often this is the hardest thing to write, but it is where I need to start. From there, I just write. I edit some as I write, but mostly I focus on getting the words out of my head and heart. When I have finished a section, I stop and put the work away. When I pick it up again, I go back for some quick revisions and to get my head back in the work, then I try to pick up where I left off (usually in the middle of a thought). Rinse and repeat, this is my writing process.